Plants for sale at Marrickville Council Community Nursery

This is the sale area in Marrickville Council Community Nursery.  We counted 32 different species of native plant for sale.

The home of Marrickville Council Community Nursery (MCCN) is in the Addison Road Centre at 142 Addison Road Marrickville.  You can find it easily as it is next to The Bower & very near Reverse Garbage.   It is an initiative of Marrickville Council & was established in 1999.

There are two shade-houses full of growing tube stock.  In between these is a largish area in which there is a pond of around 3-metres in diameter.  It filled during the recent rain & is now full to bursting with tadpoles.  It’s not too often I see anything like this.

Frog populations are declining worldwide, so the frog pond at MCCN is very important.  It also is an indication that the environment there is healthy.

There are quite a few of mature trees in the nursery grounds making it a pleasant place to be. There are also a number of interesting things to see if you have a wander.

 

Native bees at MCCN

Native bees at MCCN

There is a beehive box busy with Australian native bees.  It was quite an education for me, as I had not seen native bees before.  They don’t actually look like the bees many of us are used to.  Instead they look like small black flies. The air near the hive was filled with the perfume of honey, which was lovely.  Native bees do not sting either, making them great for school vegetable gardens & private gardens as well.

Perched high in a Gum tree is another beehive box waiting for native bees to move in.

MCCN specializes in plants from the Lower Cooks River Catchment area.  They provide plants for local schools & local environmental groups such as Mudcrabs, who are re-vegetating areas along the Cooks River.  They also provide plants for public give-a-ways.

The public can also buy plants.  These are tube stock & cost $3.20 each.

Tadpoles

Tadpoles

At this price you can’t go wrong & makes it easy to add some natives to your garden or if you are planting out the verge.  These plants will attract & provide food for local wildlife & bees & are not the kind of plants that will be stolen as people usually go for what they are most familiar with.  They also sell a number of native plants suitable for wet areas as well as shady areas.

A staff member gave us great assistance & advice as to what plants were suitable for our verge garden, especially how tall the plants would eventually grow.

All plants for sale have labels & growing information

All plants for sale have labels & growing information

I would recommend going to the MCCN to source plants for your verge garden.  Visibility for cars & pedestrians is a major factor to consider when planting & you won’t walk away with plants that end up being wrong for what you are doing.

Another bonus is that a limited amount of free mulch is available for residents of Marrickville LGA.  You will need to bring your own bags & shovel.

The MCCN also welcomes volunteers & there was one happy volunteer working away while we were there.  The nursery is a nice environment & you can choose what kind of job you would like to do depending on your health, energy or motivation.  You can also choose how long & how often you will go for work.  Contact the Nursery for more information – 0412 435 948

Opening hours for buying plants or collecting mulch:

  • Wednesday, Thursday, Friday: 10am – 12 noon
  • Saturday: 10am – 1pm
  • Sunday: 10am – 1pm
Frog pond in the foreground with the plants for sale in the background

Frog pond in the foreground with the plants for sale in the background

Plants growing inside a greenhouse at MCCN

Plants growing inside a greenhouse at MCCN

Plants growing for community environmental groups.

Plants growing for community environmental groups.

Free mulch

Free mulch

 

 

 

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